Alison  Brake

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Parents frustrated with NCT launch ‘guilt-free’ antenatal classes | Life and style | The Guardian

Anger over natural birth and breastfeeding bias spurs alternative baby clubs<p>When Lauren Marks-Clee recovered from a bout of postnatal depression brought on by her conflicted feelings about breastfeeding, she was angry that the parenting class she had paid hundreds of pounds to attend had barely …

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning …

Living With Depression and Anxiety: How I Cope With My Chaotic Mind

Six months ago I nearly ended my life.<p>I’ve come a long way since then. But I have to admit after I was discharged from a psychiatric hospital I was …

How Welsh barbers are training to spot mental health problems in customers as male suicide rates rise

Barber shops across South Wales are joining a new scheme to combat the rising rate of suicide in young men.<p>Haircutters and stylists are being trained …

Why does mental illness arise? Clues found in the visual brain

The quality of communication between the parts the brain that process and make sense of vision could be vital for mental health.<p>So concluded a brain …

Student mental health is suffering as universities burst at the seams

I felt lonely and isolated when I studied on an overcrowded degree course, and my lecturers were unable to support me<p>Ever since tuition fees rose to £9,000 in 2012, UK universities have seen a fall in real-terms funding. To plug the gap, oversubscribed institutions sought to rapidly expand when the …

Appreciate

For 12 years, this man has been volunteering in a hospital - as a “baby buddy” for newborns 💙 <br>https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensHealthcareofAtlanta/

Let's Talk About The Realities Of Pregnancy And Newborn Life To Help Other Mums

Being Maternal Mental Health week, this has given me reason to reflect on my own experience and how now, as I feel I am fairly out of the ‘fog’, I …

Having a severe mental illness often means dying before your time

People with severe mental illness have at least a two-and-a-half times higher risk of dying than the general population. In essence, people with …

The Relationship Between PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) commonly occur together. It has been found that many individuals with …

"I was like Jekyll & Hyde for three weeks a month": The condition that affects 1 in 20 women, but is rarely diagnosed

<b>Everyone knows about Pre-Menstrual Tension, but few know about PMDD - Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, even though one in 20 women in Britain are</b> …

5 Words and Phrases to Ban From Your Vocabulary to Improve Your Mental Health

Though the expression says "talk is cheap," I'm not so sure this is always true. In fact, my experience giving therapy to hundreds of people tells me …

8 things I need from my partner as someone with depression

opinion<p>Writer and mother, passionately outspoken about living with mental illness.<p>I was mortified when my husband was invited to attend a carer’s …

'Gene map for depression' sparks hopes of new generation of treatments

Scientists have raised hopes for more effective treatments for depression, a condition that affects over 300 million people globally, after mapping out the genetic foundations of the mental disorder in unprecedented detail.<p>In the world’s largest investigation into the impact of DNA on the mental …

Depression

Inside the Thinking Maze of Anxious Minds

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population every year …

Embracing Vulnerability in the Face of Anger

Anger is a strong emotion, one that has been conditioned or taught out of many women from an early age. We are taught instead to cry, stuff it, and …

The 'I Am' Message: What to Do When Kids Experience Rejection

Approximately 10-13% of school-aged children in the United States experience rejection by their peers. Children who feel rejected may have a higher …

Logging

What it’s like to live with severe intrusive thoughts

I had my first intrusive thought when I was nine.<p>I was sat at the end of my bed when I felt this overwhelming urge to touch the the wooden side of …

I Travel With My Emotional Support Animal, and This Is What I Want You to Know

While I wasn't formally diagnosed with generalized anxiety and chronic depression until the beginning of last year, my doctor and therapist both agreed mental illness is something I have struggled with in waves during the course of my entire life. After suffering a string of panic attacks mostly …

Mental Disorders

Here's What Everyone Gets Wrong About Social Anxiety

This is not about being shy.<p>kieferpix via Getty Images<p>We’ve all experienced a feeling of timidness when meeting new people or preparing for a big …

Depression

Health Insurance - PMI - Employee mental health top priority for UK CEOs

Three quarters are worried about high pressure working environments<p>Mental health in the workplace is the top priority for almost three in five (60%) …

32 men open up about mental illness and how best to support them

Too many men feel unable to speak out about mental health issues.<p>There seems to be this idea that men are, mentally, stronger than women. That they …

Mental Health

I Journaled Every Day For 1 Week, and Here's What Happened to My Stress Level

Who knew that your childhood diary could be the ultimate form of self-care? Studies have shown that writing your emotions down on paper can help reduce stress and anxiety and even ease trauma. Research on the benefits of "expressive writing" in particular has been published in <b>Harvard Health</b> …

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later.<p>Great, how am I supposed to …

Hull man sets up group to take on the biggest killer in young men

A Hull man is helping to take the fight to the biggest killer in men under 45.<p>Leon McQuade says he aims to help half the rates of suicide in young …

Children as young as four showing signs of mental health problems, teachers say

Children as young as four are showing signs of mental health problems, a survey of teachers has shown.<p>Anxiety, panic attacks and depression are among the symptoms displayed by infant school pupils, according to a poll carried out by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers …

Mental Health

How parents' arguments really affect their children

<b>It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. What can parents and carers do to limit the harm caused by their rows?</b><p>What happens at home really does affect children's long-term mental health and development.<p>But it is not only the relationship …

Mental Health